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INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE PASSENGERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS COST-CUTTING PROGRAMS AT AMERICAN, UNITED AND DELTA

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) today announced its support of American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines in their attempts to cut labor costs and increase productivity. According to David Stempler, Washington Counsel of IAPA, "Since our members depend on these major airlines for their air transportation and since they continue to demand low fares, we must support these airlines in their attempts to streamline themselves for the '90s."
 Stempler stated that "IAPA supports American Airlines as it faces an imminent strike threat by its flight attendants on Nov. 18. Although IAPA does not like to get involved in management-labor disputes, this issue is a bellwether issue for the future viability of the major airlines." Stempler went on to say that "the major airlines must reduce their costs if they are to successfully compete with low cost carriers like Southwest Airlines to provide both the long-haul and short-haul service that our airline passenger members require."
 Stempler went on to state that "labor costs are the highest single cost of the major airlines and the only one that they have some control over." Stempler continued that "American is seeking productivity improvements from its flight attendants, while still providing wage increases. In this age of job losses, bankruptcies and restructurings, this seems like a reasonable trade-off to ensure the future viability of American Airlines and the jobs of all their employees."
 Stempler acknowledged that there may be some inconveniences for airline passengers from this strike, "but we must endure these short- term problems to have an airline system in the long-term that meets the needs of our airline passenger members." Stempler likened it to "building a new highway, in which drivers must experience some short- term construction delays in order to have a better highway that serves their needs every day in the future."
 According to Stempler, the situation at United Airlines is not as imminent, but "United has embarked on a program of cost cutting and IAPA supports it." He said: "IAPA would have supported the recent attempted purchase of a majority of United by its employees as a means of lowering costs. When that failed, we must support United in alternative means of lowering costs and increasing worker productivity."
 Stempler finally stated that "Delta Air Lines has also begun a cost- cutting program and we support that as well." He continued that "Delta has said that it is prepared to change to meet new consumer preferences and in that IAPA is with them 100 percent." Stempler concluded that "as long as each of these airlines serves the airline passenger's desires for safe, reliable, efficient, low-cost service, the passengers, employees and stockholders of these airlines will be the winners."
 The International Airline Passengers Association (IAPA) is over 30 years old and has over 150,000 regular and 350,000 associate members worldwide. IAPA provides services for its airline passenger members including representation to airlines and governments; travel agency services; hotel and car rental discounts; travel insurance; and a computerized lost baggage, keys and airline ticket retrieval system. IAPA's United States and Latin America Service Center is located in Dallas. Telephone, 214-404-9980; United States toll free, 800-821-IAPA(4272); fax, 214-233-5348.
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 /CONTACT: David Stempler of International Airline Passengers Association, 202-686-2870 /


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